Spirit Yachts confirms order for P40 classic 12m tender
by Miranda Blazeby
Spirit Yachts has confirmed a contract to build a 12 metre fully custom classic superyacht tender, which will begin construction later this year.
The Spirit P40 will launch in spring 2020 and will feature a flared bow, flush foredeck and plenty of stowage for luggage and fenders.
Total capacity will be for eight people, with six guests seated in a curved arrangement at the stern and two on the raised helm seats port and starboard.
Two ski brackets will sit on the stern along with a swim ladder, which will fold down over the boarding platform. The tender will also be equipped with underwater lighting and a Fusion marine stereo system.
A central walkway will lead from the helm seats through double mahogany doors to the interior, which will include a leather seating area convertible into a double bed. It will be accompanied by a 100 litre fridge and small bar area.
Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart said the tender was the result of “increasing demand for modern classic tenders for superyachts.”
“The misconception has previously been that wooden boats were slow and heavy, but Spirit Yachts’ lightweight construction coupled with engineering expertise means we are delivering on performance, as well as style.”
Head designer Sean McMillan added: “The P40 combines classical 1930s elegancy with the performance and practicalities required for superyacht guests and crew.
“She is fully customised, from her vintage aircraft inspired instrument dials to the mood lighting in the exterior seating area.”
Other key features include a removable mahogany and stainless-steel mast forward of the windscreen. Two Mercruiser TDi 370 engines meanwhile will deliver a cruising range of 320 nautical miles at 30 knots.
The news comes after the yard revealed the "sweeping" interiors of its flagship sailing yacht, the Spirit 111 at the Boot Düsseldorf boat show.